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1 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements since release of ANSWER, version Ken Noble Noble-Soft Systems, Australia ETSAP Annex VIII Meeting Firenze, Italy November 2004

2 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uANSWER now handles cross-region emission constraints  Cross-region emission data parameters GEMLIMT(ENV,YEAR), GEMLIM(ENV)  Accommodated within ANSWER paradigm by introducing special _GLOBAL region  Cross-region emission results parameters GEMLIMT.M(ENV,YEAR), GEMLIM.M(ENV)

3 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uANSWER now handles cross-region user constraints  Cross-region user constraint data parameter RAT__XRRHS(ADRATIO,RTY,YEAR)  Cross-region user constraint results parameter MR_XARAT.M(ADRATIO,RTY,YEAR)  Documented in new section 11 of ANSWER User Manual “Cross-Region Constraints in ANSWER”

4 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uOperation of Batch Run facility greatly simplified  Click on [Add…] on Batch Run form and “Batch Run Case Selection” form appears  Multi-select the Cases that you want to add to the Batch Run form and click [OK]

5 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uNew “Import Results Automatically” checkbox for Run Model  Allows Results for successful Runs to be automatically imported into ANSWER  Applies for both Run Model and Batch Run  Handles single-region, multi-region, and single-region stochastic

6 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uImport SAGE GAMS DDs (generated out of VEDA-SAGE) into ANSWER via enhanced “File, Import GAMS DD” facility  “Import GAMS DD” also handles import of MUSS- and ANSWER-generated GAMS DDs

7 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uGenerate DD and DDS files part of Run Model recoded - sped up by a factor of 25  e.g. for large multi-region ASEAN database with many non-BASE scenarios, generate DD time reduced from 7 minutes to 15 seconds uDelete Case recoded to speed up, plus new ‘Remember Case Definition’ facility  Retain full information about the Case (model variant, end year, scenarios, regions) and just delete online TS and TID results for the Case

8 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uNew “Edit, Delete All Cases” facility  Very fast even for very large database (< 1 second)  Optional ‘Remember Case Definition’ facility  Optional ‘Automatically Repair and Compact Database after Delete’ facility, also very fast

9 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uNew “File, Export Scenario Data to Excel” facility  Exports Scenario data to Excel in identical format to that required by ANSWER’s “File, Import Model Data from Excel” facility

10 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version u“File, Export Scenario” and “File, Import Scenario” both enhanced by leaving form up to facilitate multi-scenario export/import u“File, Import Scenario” further enhanced for multi- scenario import by addition of ‘Use IMP Filename as Scenario Name’ checkbox  And streamlined handling where creation of new Scenario is involved

11 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version u100 character long Descriptions now allowed for Scenarios, Cases and Items (Items = Technologies, Energy Carriers etc) uVarious forms are user-resizable (and remember their last size and position) for ease of operation and handling of long Descriptions

12 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Enhancements: version uUser-resizable Select Regions form or

13 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Program of Work post-Firenze Meeting - 1 uComplete the testing of AnswerV and advise ETSAP members and other ANSWER clients how to download V upgrade from the web uIntegrate documentation of all recent enhancements into ANSWER User Manual PDF uCase Comparison facility for Results uIncorporate SAGE MKTSHR into ANSWER once GAMS-MARKAL code for MKTSHR is finalized uImport GAMS DD further enhanced to allow import into non-BASE scenarios u“Batch of Related Cases” facility (extension of Batch Run)

14 Noble-Soft Systems Pty Ltd ANSWER Program of Work post-Firenze Meeting - 2 u“Export Model Data to Excel” facility further enhanced to allow greater user control of what is exported, and the Excel file and sheet exported to uDo what is needed to create special ANSWER-ETP for more general distribution – a substantial task  Streamline the special Library region facilities in the ETP AnswerV5.exe  New chapter 10 for ANSWER User Manual “Library Database Implementation” to replace existing (superceded) chapter 10 uReview ANSWER with an eye to improving/simplifying areas that are not very user-friendly (e.g. multi-select wherever possible) uConsider systematic incorporation of right-mouse click menu options uConsider incorporation of on-line context-sensitive help


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